21 June 2023

Gold for Le Centaure

Prizes were awarded for the Sélection des Vins de Genève Tuesday 20 June in the Alhambra Room, attended by an enthusiastic public including celebrities from the worlds of gastronomy, politics, sports, tourism and wine.

State councilor Antonio Hodgers handed the famous Sanglier (boar) gold trophy for the wine with the highest number of points to Julien Ramu from Domaine du Centaure for their Kerner 2022.

Sauvignon Blanc 2022 from Domaine Les Perrières was awarded the Marcassin (young boar) bronze trophy, a prize given by students at the Ecole Hôtelière de Genève (EHG). The sculpture was handed to Frédéric Rochaix by Chloé Maturo and Alexandre Chevron, students at the hotel school.

The bronze fox, the prize for the favourite wine from the Merlots and Syrahs given by the canton’s café and restaurant association members, was handed by Catherine Casanova from Café d'Avusy and Danny Khezzar, Bayview chef at the Président Wilson hotel to Julien Ramu from Domaine le Centaure again for his Merlot 2021.

The press prize, in the form of an engraving of a marten, was handed by wine journalist Pierre Thomas to Florian Barthassat from La Cave de Genève for the his Chasselas Belles Filles 2022.

The Tradition Trophy, a magnificent engraving showing an eagles’ nest, is awarded to the winery with the best average note for its Chasselas and Gamay. It is offered by the Compagnie des Vieux-Grenadiers and it was given by Denis Fragniere, vice-president of the Vieux-Grenadiers, to Emilienne and Guillaume Hutin-Zumbach from Domaine Les Hutins.

The bird sculpture of a kite, given for the best sparkling wine, was handed by the director of Neuchâtel Vins et Terroir and member of the Swiss Wine Promotion committee Mireille Bühler, to Nathalie Baumann and Fabien Tonetto from Domaine de Champvigny for their Champvigny Brut.

And lastly, the engraving of a butterfly awarded to the favourite rosé selected by the oenology students at the Haute Ecole de Changins was given by Laura Foudin and Léo Giovansili to Bernard Bosseau from Cave de Sézenove for their Rosé de Pinot Noir 2022.

As with all the other trophies, the art is the work of internationally renowned Robert Hainard.

Fifty-four other wines received a gold medal, out of a total of 592 wines entered.

Click here to download the complete 2023 awards.